August 20, 2021
Georgia Swimming Family,
This year we have altered the selection process for the Open Water Zone Team just a little. In hopes of helping kids to get more Open Water experience before the Zone Meet, Georgia swimming will be holding an open water qualifying race. The race will be held September 12th at Lake Park, Georgia (This is near Valdosta, GA). At the race the top spot for each gender and age group (for which they will be competing at the zone meet, please see qualifying age information below) will automatically secure their spot on the team for the upcoming Zone Meet to be held in 2022.
All Open Water Qualifying races will offer 8 spots for the Open Water Zone team. One each of the top times for each gender and prospective age group for the 2022 races.
Qualifying Time Period
Qualifying period is just this 2021 long course season through 2021-22 short course season. No specific meets.
Qualifying Age Information
The FINA age-up date is December 31 of the competition year (2022), which means that even though the Southern Zone Open Water race will take place in early-mid 2022, they will be competing with how old they are on December 31, 2022. If your swimmer will be 11-12 by Dec. 31, 2022, they will have to swim the 1-mile swim, if they will be 13-14, 15-16, or 17 & over by Dec 31, 2022 they will have to swim the 3.5 mile swim to qualify for the Zone team.
1. To help us in the selection process we are asking that you sign up for the race first HERE
2. After registering, please fill out this form, letting us know you have signed up for the race and are wanting to be considered for the Zone team
3. At the race, Georgia Swimming will have a check in area for all swimmers trying to qualify. The staff will write down their official race numbers (given by the event) and will then collect their official times as they come in alongside the race officials.
4. All Open Water Qualifying races will offer 8 spots for the Open Water Zone team. One each of the top times for each gender and prospective age group using the Age as of December 31, 2022
5. The remaining spots for each age group will be selected on highest power points in the 800m, 1500m, 1000y, 1650y for 13 & over; and 400m, 800m, 1500m, 500y, 1000y, 1650y for 11-12.
Disability Swimmer Qualification
Last few years were the first years selecting disability swimmers to participate in the Open Water Zone meet, and although the Open Water Competition was cancelled for 2019, we are committed to offering this opportunity to our disability swimmers. As we are the first LSC offering this opportunity for disability athletes and this will be the first year for them competing in the competition we will be offering 2 spots for male athletes, and 2 spots for female athletes.
These spots will be decided at the same time as the second half of the team 2-3 months prior to the Open Water Zone Competition.
Due to the nature of Open Water Swimming, we will be requiring that all disability athletes applying for Open Water Zone must have Open Water experience. We encourage all Georgia Swimming athletes to participate in the qualifier race, as this is great experience, as well as the Zone Staff will be present at the Competition.
These spots will be offered to the swimmers with the highest power points in their prospective age groups
- The TCT7 Swim will be held on September 12, 2021, and I have attached the race information and course map.
- There will be kayakers stationed along the one-mile course.
- Each 3.5-mile swimmer is allowed to have their own kayaker to stay with them and carry water or nutrition.
- If you would like to kayak with your swimmer you will be allowed to do so but will have to note that on the registration form, otherwise safety kayakers will be supplied throughout the course.
- This race is being sanctioned by the World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA) and they will be taking precautions to socially distance the swimmers such as keeping the waves of swimmers smaller and putting approximately 3 minutes in between each wave.
-This race does allow swimmers to use fins, although use of fins is prohibited to be eligible to qualify for Open Water Zones.
We are so excited for Georgia Swimming to have this opportunity and we hope all of our amazing coaches will help us out to make this a successful event for our swimmers and make it one of the best Open Water Zone teams yet! If you have any questions about the selection process or the event itself, please email [email protected]
Open Water Chair
The first race to qualfy for next years Open Water Zones is next month in Lake Park, Georgia.
THE AGE UP DATE FOR OPEN WATER ZONES IS 12.31.2022
To view the race information, please click here
To sign up to be considered for the OWZ Team, please click here